Back in 2019, we started covering Daybreak’s moves to register trademarks and domain names and social media accounts for a bunch of groups that sounded a whole lot like new studios. Early this year, Daybreak finally confirmed our assumptions: Rogue Planet Games was created to run the PlanetSide franchise, Dimensional Ink for DC Universe Online and other titles, and Darkpaw Games for the EverQuest franchise, all of which seem to still wholly owned and controlled by Daybreak. At the time, we noted that H1Z1 had been left in limbo; we speculated that might have something to do with the pieces of H1Z1 moved back and forth between Daybreak and NantWorks (and sunsetted: RIP, Just Survive) over the last few years.
Well, maybe not. Daybreak has apparently registered the trademark another substudio: Wandering Monster Games. Given that H1Z1 at least used to be a zombie apocalypse survival sandbox, we think that moniker could make sense for a new substudio. Or it could be something completely different. Let the speculation begin.
Catch up on some of the recent Daybreak news:
• Former EverQuest boss Holly Longdale scooped up by Blizzard to work on WoW Classic
• PlanetSide 2 enjoys a surge in activity and breaks its own Guinness World Record
• Daybreak’s new EverQuest and EverQuest II boss Jennifer Chan addresses players in new dev blog
• Holly Longdale exits Darkpaw Games, bidding farewell to EverQuest and EverQuest II
• Jack Emmert isn’t sure Daybreak will publish his next MMO, says DCUO is as big as it was four years ago
• Daybreak says its studio split-up will have ‘no impact’ on Standing Stone, LOTRO, or DDO
• Daybreak formally announces the new substudios for PlanetSide, EverQuest, and DCUO
• Daybreak is shutting PlanetSide Arena down in January 2020
• Rumor: Daybreak was working on a Marvel MMORPG until last year
• Daybreak talks PlanetSide Arena goals and plans for PlanetSide 3
• Daybreak’s Holly Longdale promises: ‘There is a future for EverQuest’
• Daybreak confirms yesterday’s layoffs and ‘realignment of the company into separate franchise teams’
• It looks like Daybreak’s been hit with yet another round of layoffs
• Leaderboard: Do you buy the ‘Grand Daybreak Unification’ theory?
• Daybreak registers a domain name for its possible splinter studio Rogue Planet Games
• Daybreak filed for yet another studio trademark just a week ago
• Daybreak spent June creating even more new companies than we thought
• Trademarks hint at big changes for Daybreak Game Company
• Daybreak devs address the Z1 Battle Royale turmoil, vow ‘minimal disruption’
• EverQuesting: Can Daybreak make it through 2019?
• Daybreak announces new investment, new H1Z1 and EverQuest mobile titles, and a new esports arena
• Turbine spins LOTRO and DDO teams out to new studio, using Daybreak as publisher